Putney was discussing another maintenance job while heading toward the County Courthouse, where he had to finish painting one of the restrooms. Keeping Chatham County's aging government buildings up to par is a never-ending task. But Putney doesn't call it quits when he clocks out of his day job.
That is when he goes to work as the director of the Georgia PTA's 6th District, which encompasses Chatham and 18 other counties. The work, which is unpaid, takes up most of his remaining time - including about 123 hours of his vacation leave this year - because of the number of meetings he attends and travel it involves.
"I eat, sleep and dream PTA," Putney said. "Because PTA ain't about cookies and wrapping paper anymore."
Only about 30 percent of parents typically show up to meetings, and Putney said he is trying to get more involved. One way he is trying to do that is getting more fathers to participate by holding male-oriented programs such as fishing and "donuts with dads" events.
Putney recently chartered a Latino Community PTA after some from the Spanish-speaking community expressed concerns about parents not being able to understand English. The organization is meant as a supplement for the parents and not a replacement for their child's school association, Putney said.
Despite his busy schedule, Putney still finds time to serve as co-chairman of his church's deacon's board and assist Savannah High School's marching band.
All of the activity can be tiring, Putney said, but he does not like to just sit around.
"More than anything else, I don't think about it," he said. "I just do it."
For his efforts, Putney was awarded the Outstanding Georgia Citizen award from Secretary of State Karen Handel.
Former state Sen. Regina Thomas, an old friend who addressed Putney as "Uncle Bubba" while growing up, said he deserves the award.
"You don't find many fathers that get that involved on that level with the PTA," Thomas said. "Some go to meetings, but Mr. Putney - Uncle Bubba - he started it and he is sticking with it."
Putney's boss, Fred Thompson, director of maintenance, shared Thomas' sentiment.
"I feel the award should have been given several years ago," Thompson said. "I'm glad he is finally being recognized."